I originally had an entry ready to publish about a weekend hike. But I can’t post it. Because you want to know what’s really important in my life right now? The devastation that is occurring in my Colorado backyard. I could care less about my own silly adventures in the mountains. What I care about is my cousin who lives in Boulder and was issued a pre-evacuation notice due to the Flagstaff Fire. I care about my college friend who is a nurse in Colorado Springs and was put on emergency stand-by alert. I care about my co-worker who commutes to my office everyday from Colorado Springs. I care about my grad school friend who is watching her hometown burn from afar.
Waldo Canyon Fire. Photo credit: @DanCMos
It’s been a bad wildfire season already. The High Park Fire outside of Fort Collins has been terrible. But as of this week the wildfires have started getting personal. And while (other than air quality) the fires aren’t threatening Denver directly, it’s a close-knit community along the Front Range. Boulder is only 25 miles away and Colorado Springs just an hour South of Denver. I have many people that I care about in both places. It’s my friends, family and co-workers that are being affected.
The whole situation is just surreal right now. I ran in the Garden of the Gods 10 Miler race two weeks ago, and now the Garden of the Gods is currently closed due to the fire. I was in Boulder just a week and a half ago for a welcome back party for my cousin. Today as I was driving home from work I literally said “Oh my god” out loud to myself as I rounded the corner on Santa Fe and got a glimpse of the smoke rising from the Boulder foothills. It’s just devastating to watch your home state be destroyed.
The Garden of the Gods on June 26.
I can only imagine how those who have lost homes are feeling right now, and I have never wanted to cry more while watching an evening newscast. It’s utterly heartbreaking. 32,000 people were evacuated from Colorado Springs. I don’t really have any answer or any words of wisdom. I always want this blog to be true to my life, and this unfortunately is my life at the moment. At this point I can only pray and hope for everyone’s safety in the Springs, Boulder and across the state.
While we’re at it though, Fourth of July is absolutely and totally cancelled this year. If I see anyone in the entire state of Colorado buying or shooting off fireworks, I will go ninja on them. I love this place and its people too much for any more destruction to occur due to fires.